Ydanis Rodriguez

NYC Councilman

 

NYC  Councilman  Ydanis Rodriguez  was  elected  in  2009.  His passion  for  social  justice  spans  40  years.  After  immigrating  in 1983,  he  became  involved  in  the  student  movement  successfully fighting against tuition increases and budget cuts. Ydanis received a Master’s Degree in Bi-lingual education from CUNY City College. An educator for thirteen years, Ydanis co-founded Gregorio Luperon HS and Washington Heights Health Academy. As a leading voice at the Council he has brought change in transportation, education,  economic  development,  housing,  police  reform, healthcare,  and  environmental  policy,  ensuring  low-income families have an equitable path to the middle class.

He advocated for workforce development  in  underrepresented communities  through  increased  subsidies  for  public  and  private partnerships. Ydanis has spearheaded forty-six bills in his tenure. As  Chairman  of  the  Transportation  Committee,  he  has passed sixteen bills improving safety for pedestrians  and  cyclists. He leads the charge for Fair Fares to make public transit affordable and started Car Free Day NYC.

In 2015, he presented a plan to help MTA raise revenue and make our transit system safer and efficient. His proudest accomplishment is being a devoted father to his daughters. Ydanis envisions  a  New  York  City  where  all  children  can  reach  their potential, a New York City for all.